Tuesday, April 06, 2010
So I am trying to plan ahead.... this weekend I am going camping for 2 days with Sparks (5 & 6 year old Girl Guides). The menu is tailored to the girls preferences, food easy to prep and does include healthy options like yogurt, fruit and veggies... but it does include more grains than I usually have and less veggies (and no beans). So WHAT am I packing for myself to eat?
I am trying to figure this out... It can't take too long to cook, or really be too different from what everyone else is eating. I have 2 breakfasts, 3 snacks and one lunch and one dinner to plan for... Some foods I will easily be able to eat what everyone else is -- but I generally eat 3-6 cups of veggies a day, and only one or two servings of grains...
The first breakfast is pancakes and sausages... I don't eat generally eat pancakes and if I do I eat multi-grain pancakes, so what can I bring that is similar? As for sausages, I don't eat meat -- so I may pickup a package of veggie dogs or another soy product.... The second breakfast is prepackaged instant oatmeal, and cinnamon buns (sweet, sticky and not whole wheat) -- I think I will bring some oats to cook up for myself. Guess I could have oatmeal both days....
Lunch will be hot dogs with veggies - so I will probably have a veggie dog and lots of veggies.
Dinner is to be mini pizzas made on English muffins. These they will top themselves, so I can skip the meat and use a little cheese, or I might just take a few slices of Eggplant and make eggplant pizza...
Snacks -- I'll stick to water and veggies or fruit, and pack along some nuts.
Now for the evening snack of S'mores -- I might just need to have one... then again just a piece of dark chocolate and a graham cracker or two would be great -- I could care less for the marshmallow. And I'll bring some flavoured teas to drink...
Anyone have some great ideas for eating on the go, with others that means I don't have to prep too much before I go (or bring a whole other set of food for this?) Luckily we do have a fridge, stove and, I think, a microwave...
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I've made progress, the scale is moving down, the clothes are loose...
The past 11 days have been difficult as the kids have been off school, but with my husbands support and keeping the kids active I've been able to fit in some great exercise and activity. For example today instead of heading out for my run, I took the kids to the pool for an hour! They had a great time, were evaluated for swim lessons and registered to start lessons next month.
Tomorrow routine starts again. Tuesdays are busy, but 2 evening activities have been cancelled for this week. And Wednesday I should be able to get out for my run in the morning after dropping the kids at school.
RANT: Wet Suit Shopping: A year ago, I wouldn't have been able to shop for a wet suit (or at least not at Costco). I decided this summer I would like one as the Pacific Ocean is cold around here... so I picked up two to try on and they fit in width but are way too short in the bodice. My husband bought himself a man's medium that is snug now but should fit him great by the summer... but Costco doesn't carry a Man's small wet suit.... I tried the medium on and the length is great, but the width is huge! The whole wet suit sizing was really strange and I am frustrated that I didn't get one...
Monday, April 05, 2010
On Friday we were supposed to go away but due to weather we didn't - the ferries were cancelled and there was no power at our destination.
Friday (as I previously blogged) we went swimming, I got some gym time and we went to a family dinner.
Saturday my husband and I each went for a run -- unfortunately it takes forever for both of us to go for a run as one of us needs to stay home with the kids... we met up after my run at a local park, where the kids got to play and then practice riding their bikes. The older two are finally doing quite well on their bikes and gaining some confidence on them. The youngest so wants to ride her bike without training wheels so we will need to practice... Then we headed to Costco and Home Depot to pick up some items. I really wanted a wet suit -- and did buy two at Costco to bring home and try on, but they are too SHORT in the torso (although the smaller of the two would fit, if I could stand up straight in them -- and forget lifting my arms. It was worth a try for this summer... I also cleaned the bathroom in preparation for painting the ceiling. We hoped to replace the ceiling fan....
Today I didn't get a run in -- but I didn't really sit down until after 8PM unless it was at breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Today my husband went for his morning run and I did breakfast for the kids again.... prior to his long walks and runs, he used to make most of the breakfasts on the weekend, but since he started running, I've been getting up and feeding the kids most weekends. The trade off is he has been cooking more dinners! So I don't really lose, I just don't get to sleep in as long. BUT since I am USELESS for running first thing in the morning, its great he can go out while I'm still dozing.
Todays tasks included:
- laundry and more laundry (and washing a stroller)
- painting the bathroom ceiling
- scrubbing the floor and washing out the old laundry tub
- gardening and cutting the lawn
- as well as a neighbourhood EASTER EGG HUNT!
Tomorrow the plans include a morning run before my husband heads to work -- we'll see if I can do this. Then I'll take the kids swimming... as well as the girls have dance class. And preparing for Tuesday back at school.
Hope everyone had a great Easter!
Friday, April 02, 2010
Yesterday I stumbled upon the Fitness Profiler on Spark People (from reading DAWNFIRE72's blog entry).The Fitness Profiler can be found here
GG == Exercise Goal Getter (7 Stars)
Says that I have drive and self-confidence and focused when working toward a fitness goal. I would say that I have the drive and work hard, not to sure about the self-confidence, but it is increasing. I do like to plan things out and do prefer competing with myself. It reminds me to be careful not to lose interest if I stop making progress and become frustrated -- this is SO me! So far not for fitness, but generally in life. I can see that with my weight loss progress and am trying to stay focus despite the lack of progress on the scale. It lists great exercises for me as running, weight training, triathlons, biking, swimming and hiking. For the most part, those are the exercises I have enjoyed throughout my entire life (even when I hated exercising!) And yes, secretly I have toyed with the idea of training for a triathlon, but right now am focusing on a half marathon or two...
AS == Adventure Seeker (3 Stars)
The adventure seeker takes risks and challenges yourself. I can see myself challenging myself, but not too much of a risk taker. Comments also include fitness gadgets and equipment -- OK I am wanting a GPS watch with HRM and hope to get it for my birthday next month... It warns not to become inactive between activities - this is exactly how I grew up - with an excise of the season then inactivity in between. As a child/teen I was exposed to many different sports and enjoyed them for many years, including downhill skiing, water skiing, biking, wind surfing and canoing. But in between the winter skiing season and the summer active season, we didn't do a whole lot. So maybe that is why I'm having difficulties staying motivated year round... It wasn't how I grew up. As for the activities it suggests - I did enjoy downhill skiing (but haven't done it for years). I'm not into rock climbing or mountain biking -- too scary for me. I ever since high school, I haven't liked gymnastics and martial arts doesn't interest me, but my son does enjoy it.
IT -- The Independent Thinker (1 Star)
I didn't score all that high on this one, but I do enjoy my time exercising by myself. I use my exercise time to reflect and spend time sorting through plans, and upcoming activities. The Fitness Profiler lists Yoga and Tai Chi as good exercises. I do enjoy yoga and haven't tried tai chi. As for using a treadmill -- it makes me dizzy -- yes I get motion sickness on a treadmill. Walking is OK, but I'd rather run! I do enjoy rowing (on a rowing machine) and swimming.
SS -- Social Scene Exerciser (0 Stars)
No points on this one, nope not really into the social scene at the gym. Although I have done some runs with other mom's at the school, sometimes I find it frustrating to go at another's pace or distance. I have a plan and a goal (see above -- I'm a Goal Getter!). For Social Exercisers it recommends dancing, spinning, golf, tennis, step classes, etc. None of these are really my thing. I don't have the coordination for dancing, kickboxing or step classes... Not really into team sports and as for golf -- I don't see the point, I'd rather go for a run!
This quiz really did get my exercise personality... Does this change anything? Not really. But it does give me some areas to reflect and focus on. I must remember to keep setting new goals, not get frustrated and keep active between activities or seasons. The great thing with where I live and running is it is pretty easy to run outside year round.
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